A message from our CEO on COVID-19

March 23, 2020 9:58 am

Given the evolving situation relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia and across the world, RCPAQAP has a duty to you as the community we serve and to our team, to take precautionary measures to protect you and our people. We would like to take this opportunity to inform you of RCPAQAP’s current actions in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.
What Actions is RCPAQAP taking?
We are actively monitoring the situation via the Australian Government Department of Health and other key Health authorities with an overriding duty of care to our team and stakeholders; importantly we have a culture of infection control in the workplace. We are following official advice on situations requiring quarantine or self-isolation, and we are reinforcing the importance of handwashing, use of hand sanitiser, not touching your face and social distancing where appropriate. International and Domestic travel is now confined to only essential travel and this is being monitored daily.

Meetings, events and other people attending our offices
While we all know there is no substitute for face to face meetings, during this time, we have adopted a practice of using virtual meetings where possible.

Our planned events are being monitored and as the situation unfolds, we will keep you informed of any changes to how and when they will occur.

We also ask that if you are attending our offices that you ensure that you are observing the measures we have noted above and those that the relevant Australian and State Governments have advised.
Please DO NOT attend our offices if you have been in contact with a person with suspected COVID 19 or are in anyway unwell.
Impact on our EQA programs and other activities
We remain open at the office in St Leonards, and we are also ready to roll out working from home processes if required for the entire business. Should this change we will provide detailed updates.

We currently do not anticipate any interruption to our ability to provide our routine services and we are actively communicating with our supply chain partners to review their status. If the situation should change, we will keep you informed but at this stage, we are implementing our preparedness plans and continuing to operate business as usual.

As an essential part of health infrastructure, we remain committed to providing support to Pathology laboratories, doctors, scientists and other health professionals around the world who rely on us to help them help patients and communities.

Ongoing safety focus
We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and will provide updates to you as appropriate. When required we will act appropriately and communicate clearly about our actions, the reasons for them and any impacts on you. Let us know if your organisation has put in place any restrictions or requirements that differ from those we have outlined above or that you wish us be aware of.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss any of the above.
 Tony Badrick